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1 week ago

HTC launches One M9+ in India, One E9+ also makes its debut in the country

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HTC is betting on its quad-HD devices — the One M9+ and One E9+ — to counter the Galaxy S6 in India, which is currently available in the country for ₹49,900.

The One M9+ is scheduled to go on sale in India from May 3, with pricing at ₹52,500. Considering that HTC isn't going to make the One M9+ available in Western markets, it makes sense for the Taiwanese vendor to launch the handset in several Asian countries. At this stage, there's no word as to when the standard One M9 will make its way to the country.

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1 week ago

Google updates Material Design guidelines with a host of new sections

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The guidelines now come with detailed instructions on how to present data tables as well as creating content for high-density displays, with floating action buttons getting their own section.

The Material Design guidelines make it that much easier for app developers to tailor their apps to fit the design of the latest version of Android. These are the highlights of what's new in today's update to the design specifications:

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1 week ago

Cyanogen OS 12 starts rolling out to the OnePlus One

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Cyanogen OS 12 starts rolling out to the OnePlus One

Starting tonight, Cyanogen OS 12 has officially started rolling out to all OnePlus One owners.

This marks the official arrival of Cyanogen's take on Android 5.0 Lollipop for the OnePlus One.

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1 week ago

Twitter's revamped 'quote tweet' feature is now rolling out to Android

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Twitter has announced tonight that its revamped quote tweet feature is now rolling out on Android.

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1 week ago

Google Store discounts the Moto 360 to $165 with free shipping

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It looks like today's the day to nab a Moto 360 if you've been on the fence, as Google is now offering the Android Wear beauty from its online store for just $165 with free shipping.

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1 week ago

Here are the Android 5.1 OTA update links, and how to use them

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Now that Android 5.1 (still Lollipop) has been officially announced with a few new features and presumably a bunch of bugfixes, it's time for the updates to begin. As always, that starts with Nexus devices. And that means we can speed the updates along a little bit, if we're so inclined.

If you're the kind of nerd who doesn't mind a little sideloading or factory image action, go ahead and bookmark this page. We'll update it as the links roll in. Be sure to check your software versions before starting. And if you need help, hit up our Nexus forums!

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1 week ago

Humble Mobile Bundle 11 adds two more Android games to its lineup

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Humble Mobile Bundle 11 has increased the number of Android games in its lineup you can get on the cheap from 6 to 8 for its final week.

The newest collection of "pay what you want" Android games from the Humble Bundle team now has Bounden, Auro, Avernum: Escape From the Pit, 80 Days, Kingdom Rush Origins. Riddick: The Merc Files and the new games oh my giraffe and Skullpogo.

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1 week ago

Amazon's deal of the day discounts select Lexar microSD cards by up to 58 percent

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If you're in the market for some extra storage, you might want to check out Amazon's current deal of the day, which brings some significant discounts to Lexar microSD cards and USB drives.

With Amazon's deal, you can save up to 58 percent on select Lexar microSD cards, along with up to 74 percent on Lexar USB drives.

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1 week ago

Why your next Chromebook should have a touch screen

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Android apps on Chrome

A slew of Android apps are coming to Chrome, and they are all designed to be touched.

The web isn't very touch-friendly. I've used a Chromebook Pixel as my primary laptop for years, and I can say with authority that websites and web apps are designed for a mouse and keyboard. That makes sense, because for 20 years we've been using computers with a mouse and keyboard to surf the web. Change comes slow across an entire ecosystem like the Internet.

Things are slowly changing, with companies like Google and Apple making their front-end for online services more touch friendly. Today's modern smartphones and tablets make for a pretty good web experience even when we need to use our fingers to make things happen. But that's not the only reason why you'll want a touch screen on your next Chromebook.

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1 week ago

Save $100 when you buy a Moto 360 and an Android phone from Best Buy

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Best Buy will take $100 off the total when purchasing a Moto 360 and a new Android smartphone in-store through April 18.

We have already seen the price drop on the Moto 360, and now Best Buy is offering another in-store deal on top to make it even sweeter. Now through April 18, when purchasing a Moto 360 and a new Android smartphone, you can save an additional $100 on the transaction.

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1 week ago

Hands on with the ZENS Bluetooth Speaker and Qi Wireless Charger

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The portable wireless charger that rocks your favorite tunes via Bluetooth while juicing up your device.

We've seen some pretty unique wireless chargers that stand out above your typical charging pad, but after spending some time with the ZENS Bluetooth Speaker and Qi Wireless Charger, it's become clear that this accessory is amazing to have around the house or workspace.

If combining music with portable wireless charging is up your alley, read on for the whole review.

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1 week ago

Top Android apps to help you file your taxes

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If you haven't done your taxes yet, time is running out.

April 15 is nearly upon us. While some of us may have done our taxes already and have our refund checks sitting in the bank, it's also easy to procrastinate. Doing your taxes bring back many unpleasant flashbacks of high school math homework and remind us that while every year we commit to set up a financial filing system to make this easy... we never quite do. Well, time's a-wastin' and there's plenty your Android devices can do to help, so charge 'em up and break out the bags of bunched-up receipts.

So grab your 1040 and let's go get that refund! Maybe.

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1 week ago

Should I upgrade from the Galaxy S5 to the Galaxy S6?

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Galaxy S6 and S5

A year removed from the Galaxy S5's launch, more than a few people are asking about the upgrade to the GS6.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is absolutely the hot new phone out right now. And while plenty of people are considering upgrading from whatever phone they have, the folks with a Galaxy S5 in their pocket are particularly intrigued. The GS6 isn't just an incremental update from the GS5, boasting better hardware, screen resolution and internal components along with new features. Most importantly for many, the GS6 has dramatically improved the camera experience as well.

But no matter the improvements in experience, it's not always a guarantee that the new version is worth the direct upgrade when most people have had the Galaxy S5 for less than a full year — let us help you make that decision.

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1 week ago

Lollipop update rolling out for Verizon LG G3

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The Lollipop update for the LG G3 on Verizon is available right now through the Verizon software upgrade tool on Windows computers, and the over-the-air update should follow shortly.

Verizon has updated the LG G3 support page with details about the Lollipop update for the device. When the website gets updated it usually signifies an over-the-air release of the update is coming. Some users have already been able to download and install it from the Verizon software upgrade tool, which unfortunately only works on Windows-based computers.

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1 week ago

Amazon Fire TV now shows on-screen info about movies and TV shows

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Amazon has added its X-Ray feature to both Fire TV and Fire TV Stick to provide owners quick on-screen information about movies and TV shows.

The feature, which was previously available on Amazon's Kindle tablets, will be added to the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick via a software update that starts rolling out today.

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